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19
OCT
7am

Human Trafficking- East Africa on the spotlight

We are still continuing with our feature this month where we put the spotlight on human trafficking. East Africa, especially Kenya, remains the exit point for smugglers transporting Africans to the Middle-Eastern countries to be exploited in ways described as equivalent to modern day slavery. This emerged during a webinar hosted by organised crime programme -- ENACT -- and the Institute for Security Studies. The latest organised crime research, based on interviews with some of the people smuggled out of Africa to work in the Gulf-states, has revealed how many of them were forced to work long hours, without any medical attention. Some were physically and sexually harassed by their employers. This report was compiled by our reporter Tshepo Phagane. We also spoke to Tershia de Klerk- Chief Operations Officer of Stop Trafficking Of People (STOP)
16
OCT
7am

SIU withdraws application to freeze accounts of 2 Beitbridge border fence contractors

The Special Investigating Unit has withdrawn its application to freeze the accounts of the two companies awarded the contract to erect the Beitbridge border post fence. Public Works and Infrastructure department paid Caledon River Properties Limited and Profteam over R21.8 million in advance for the erection of the 40 kilometre barrier, which separates South Africa and Zimbabwe. The fence was procured in terms of the COVID-19 prevention measures to stop the inflow of people from neighbouring countries.We spoke to our reporter Maageketla Mohlabe
16
OCT
7am

Senekal court case on the spotlight

Police have managed to prevent a scuffle between the EFF supporters and farmers in Senekal in the Free State. They continue to monitor the situation. The Human Rights Commission in the Free State is calling for calm. Different groups of protesters have ascended to Senekal for bail application of two men accused of the murder of the farm manager, Brandin Horner. For more what is happening outside of court we spoke our political reporter Abongile Dumako and Thabiso Radebe inside the courtroom
15
OCT
7am

Call for support of women and girls as we celebrate International Rural Women's Day

Today the world marks International Day of Rural Women with a special focus on building rural women's resilience in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. The United Nation says many Rural Women Suffer From Discrimination. The department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is appealing to South Africans to Use #ruralwomen on social media to show the world that you stand in solidarity with rural women and their organizations everywhere as they seek to influence the decisions that shape their lives. We spoke to the minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza.
15
OCT
7am

Hope for township economy bill to revitalize SA

The Gauteng Township Economic Development Draft Bill has been gazetted by the provincial Department of Economic Development. It proposes to revitalize and reserve certain sectors of township economies exclusively for South African citizens or naturalized citizens in Gauteng. The bill gives due consideration to the empowerment of township enterprises by seeking to include them in state procurement and devising appropriate funding models for the benefit of citizens in the informal sector and labour markets.We spoke to Gauteng government spokesperson Thabo Masebe and got analysis from Labour Analyst, Terry Bell.
15
OCT
6am

ANCYL in Fezile Dabi Region offers youth military training

The ANC Youth League in Fezile Dabi Region is offering their members military training. An advert making rounds on social media platforms says this training is for all members of the ANCYL committed to defending the revolution. Activities listed include: Basic military training, hiking, gun handling, guerrilla tactics and political education. However the acting Regional Secretary of the ANC in the Fezile Dabi Region, Brutus Mahlaku, says they are not aware of this initiative from their ANC Youth League in the region. We spoke to Thabo Baleni, Spokesperson for the ANCYL in Fezile Dabi Region.
14
OCT
7am

How crime looks like in SA compared to neighboring countries

While recent crime stats for 2019/20 revealed an overall decline when compared to the prior year, only contact crimes for this period were up. We ask- how is South African crime compared to our neighbouring countries? We do a comparative study looking at Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe amd Botswana - questioning where and why we are high in certain areas compared to those countries? Where we can improve based on how those countries are handling crime and issues around policing and law enforcement? We also look at lessons we can learn from those countries. We spoke to Lizette Lancaster, Manager of the Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub at the Institute for Security Studies.
14
OCT
7am

Fetakgomo-Tubatse local municipality purchases building worth R135 million

The council of the Fetakgomo-Tubatse local municipality has taken a resolution to purchase a privately owned civic centre building at a cost of 135 million rand. The property in Burgersfort is owned by Tubatse Properties. The municipality will pay 50 million rand deposit and a monthly instalment of nearly three-million rand for a period of three years. Meanwhile political parties and community structures are concerned about the high price of the building as they believe that the sales price has been inflated. We spoke to our reporter, Michael Makungo.
13
OCT
7am

Senekal farmer accused of inciting public violence denied bail

The Senekal Magistrate's Court in the Free State has denied bail to 51-year-old Andre Pienaar who's facing charges of attempted murder, malicious damage to property and public violence. The matter has been remanded until the 20th of next month for further investigations. Pienaar was arrested last week following violence in which a group of farmers stormed the court building to demand that two suspects charged with the murder of 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner be handed over to them. Magistrate Buti Mlangeni says the accused did not make a suffficient case to be released on bail among other reasons. We got our reporter Makgala Masiteng, to give us the latest update.
12
OCT
7am

Putting the spotlight on Human Trafficking through the story of Grizelda Grootboom

Sporadic reports recently of young people, especially females, being allegedly lured away from their homes on the promise of lucrative jobs only to find themselves being trafficked for sex- has caused mass panic and paranoia in the country. While cases of kidnappings, abductions and missing persons are also on the rise, a Social Development Trafficking in Person's Indaba last year revealed that at least more than one person is trafficked in South Africa per month. This number includes children and adults lured in or out of the country under false pretences. As we start a new series looking at Human Trafficking, today we bring you a story of Grizelda Grootboom, a survivor who has seen it all: from being homeless, living in shelters and being gang raped, to being hooked on drugs and prostitution…today she is still standing and fighting for the rights of prostitutes and the homeless...she shares her story...
12
OCT
7am

Sol Plaatjie municipality mayor appeals to workers to return to work

The Mayor of Sol Plaatje municipality, Patrick Mabilo has appealed to workers to return to work as it is residents who are bearing the brunt of their protests. On Thursday the municipality asked workers to give them seven days to attend to their grievances, but workers had in response vowed to protest for seven days until their demands are met. The South African Municipal Workers Union has embarked on a protest over what it referred to as outstanding labour issues in the municipality since 2011. We spoke to Executive Mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, Patrick Mabilo.
12
OCT
6am

Sol Plaatjie municipality worker protest over outstanding labour issues

Operations have been disrupted in the Sol Plaatje Municipality in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. This is because the South African Municipal Workers Union has embarked on a protest over what it referred to as outstanding labour issues in the municipality since 2011. Workers are picketing outside the municipal offices while the police are monitoring the situation. We spoke to SAMWU's regional secretary Nomathamsanqa Banda who says no services will be rendered in the municipality until their demands are met.

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